Kevin Mako

Member Since 2020

Kevin Mako

Founder & President

Mako Design + Invent

Austin, Texas Area

My life goals are to build positive world-changing businesses, learn constantly, support a great family, be surrounded by virtuous friends and colleagues, & give back to education. Click Show More below to see the companies, boards, and investments I'm a part of. As always, feel free to reach out to me anytime. PRESIDENT, MAKO DESIGN + INVENT: I built Mako Design + Invent completely from the ground-up with no financing and no debt - It's truly an organically grown grass-roots company. Mako is now known as the center of physical product design nationally in the US and Canada, and well on our way in England and China. Simply put, we turn great product ideas into booming businesses. FELLOW, BROOKFIELD INSTITUTE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP: ADVISOR, NEXT 36: ADVISOR, SAGE CANADA: MEMBER, RYERSON BLUE&GOLD SOCIETY: PAST BOARD OF TRUSTEES, LAKEFIELD COLLEGE SCHOOL: FOUNDER, GENERATION FUND CHARITY: A charity to support high-achieving high school students with some or all of the costs of post-secondary education. PRESIDENT, MAKO GROUP, INC: Investing in startup and scaling businesses. Portfolio includes Spiffy Inc., Flow Water Inc., Mako Property Corp., Hive Blockchain Technologies Inc. To anyone reading this, feel free to send me a message anytime! I love hearing from new and old connections.


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Start-ups
  • Product Development


June 3rd, 2021

How To Successfully Get A Physical Product Invention Idea To Market

Understanding how to get to market is simple: Develop your product, get to production and then sell units.

March 15th, 2021

Five Prototype Methods For Developing An Invention Idea As A Startup

Strategic, quality and methodical prototyping is the primary differentiator between a high-quality, successful product and a flop.

January 21st, 2021

Nine Common Mistakes People Make When Building Their Personal Brand

Establishing a personal brand is something many professionals do to get noticed by the right people and make themselves available to the right opportunities. Unfortunately, with all the different information sources out there, it's easy to get confused about how exactly to do that. Where one source would advise you to do one thing, another article may recommend the complete opposite.


Mako Design + Invent

Kevin Mako is the Founder and President of MAKO Design + Invent, the pioneer firm for providing world-class end-to-end physical consumer product development tailored to inventors, product startups, and small manufacturers. Est 1999, Mako Design is a 30-person team with offices in Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto, has developed over 1,000 products for clients, and has earned over 20 awards including Red Dot, Inc5000, Entrepreneur360, Indigo Gold, Creative Pool Gold, Best Places to Work, Lux Magazine Best Design Firm in North America, and many others. Kevin lectures at the Masters of Engineering program at Ryerson University, sits on a number of entrepreneurship and education boards, invests in small service-based businesses, and holds the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award designation. Kevin has over 100,000 followers on social media, does keynote speaking all over the world for audiences between 100 and 1,500 people, and is the host of the Product Startup Podcast. In his spare time, Kevin is a loving Father and Husband and is a private pilot, hockey player, and piano player. Mako Design was started in high school, then incorporated in University where Kevin was section class president at Canada’s top business school, The Richard Ivey School of Business (Harvard’s sister school). Kevin then studied overseas at Hong Kong University for supply chain management and manufacturing. After graduating from both Universities, he went into the business full time in 2007 after turning down the pick of the litter job offers. Still, to today, Mako Design has no debt, no financing, and no shareholders - A true grassroots organic startup story.


  • Industrial Design
  • Mechanical Design
  • Product Design


Mechanical or Industrial Engineering